Print Club London's Summers Screen Prints opens at Somerset House today. We were lucky enough to grab tickets for the preview last night and can definitely recommend it.
This years show consists of fifteen film-themed screen prints by selected Print Club artists, including two of our personal favourites Cassandra Yap and Steve Wilson. Each print is an edition of 200, signed and numbered by the artist and available exclusively through Print Club London.
The show runs until 23 August in the West Wing Galleries, so there's plenty of time to pop in and see it.
... to catch Tom Eckersley: Master of the Poster at University of the Arts London (UAL / London College of Communication).
"To mark the centenary of legendary graphic designer Tom Eckersley’s birth, London College of Communication presents an exhibition of iconic Eckersley poster designs which celebrate his enormous contribution to graphic communication and design education in Britain."
Tom Eckersley's career as a graphic desgner spanned six decades. The 'undoubted master of the poster', designed iconic posters for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) encouraging safety in the workplace, for the Air Ministry during WWII, the General Post Office, London Transport and the BBC all in his distinctive bold, bright style. In the mid 50s Eckersley joined the London College of Printing (UAl: London College of Communication) establishing the first under-graduate graphic design course in Britain. During his 20 years as Head of Graphic Design he taught many well-known creatives of our time including; Ralph Steadman, Charles Saatchi and John Hegarty.
This exhibition is showing a selection of posters from the UAL's Eckersley archive along with reflections from those he influenced during his long career, but it ends on Wednesday (!) so hurry on over there. It's open 10am - 5pm tomorrow and Wednesday.
Images copyright of the Estate of Tom Eckersley / University of the Arts London / Archives & Special Collections Centre.
From the US Bureau of Supplies and Accounts: Navy, I love these WW2 anti greed and food waste posters illustrated by Hotchkiss with the exception of the last one which was illustrated by Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham.
Funny that these messages are still valid today, 70 years on.
Swann Galleries, New York are holding a 'Rare & Important Travel Poster' auction on October 18th. They always have an impressive selection of posters in their auctions and this one is no exception.
"From the deserts of the Mideast to the alpine resorts of Europe, this auction offers images of diverse geographical locations, in addition to bold depictions of trains, ocean liners and airplanes."
For me it doesn't matter about rarety, importance or designer. It's the bold, bright, graphic ones I like, however I will need significantly deeper pockets to be bidding on any of these.
See the full catalogue here.
These beautiful vintage posters advertising Book Week (1955 - 1971) and lots, lots more form the Dutch design resource ADVIZ, "a new bilingual (NED / EN) interactive platform for the graphic design industry, the advertising industry and for anyone interested in visual communication".
The two-part website was launched in 2011 to; A. bring together design reference from the collections of the Dutch Archive Graphic Designers (Nederlands Archief Grafisch Ontwerpers - NAGO), the Advertising Arsenal (ReclameArsenaal - RA) and the Poster Museum (Affichemuseum) in Hoorn, and B. to offer a platform for the public to upload their own design collections or portfolios, share design related links and interact with other users.
It's definitely worth a look around, there are some really great vintage posters on there.
I was thrilled to see this Daphne Padden poster on Quad Royal
this morning. I'm a Lancashire lass and know the Lancashire coast has some wonderful seaside towns; St Annes with it's Victorian grandeur, Fleetwood steeped in fishing history and my favourite, Blackpool with it's mixture of faded glory and tacky arcades.
As much as I love these towns though, I never remember any of them looking as lovely as Daphne illustrates them!Image from Quad Royal.
I'm a huge fan of vintage circus posters, with their simple illustrations, bold type and garish colours. The fast, cheap production meant the print was a crude, but for me that's their charm and when you zoom in on small sections the imperfections are exaggerated making them even more wonderful.
I stumbled across Free Vintage Posters
today and what a great resource it is. Packed full of, well you guessed it - vintage posters!
They're not 'free' to use, only to download as they don't own the copyrights to the posters or the images but none-the-less I think it's worth a bookmark. Enjoy...Via Notcot.
Metropolitan Railway, unknown artist, 1886
To summer sales by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1926 & London Zoo, Abram Games, 1976
Cycle and Motor Cycle Show, Charles Burton, 1930
Brightest London is best reached by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1924 & Avoid the wet - travel Underground, Kathleen Stenning, 1925
London Underground is continuing it's 150 year anniversary celebrations with Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs
- an exhibition showcasing 150 of the greatest ever Underground posters selected from their collection of over 3300 posters.
The last major exhibition of these posters was way back in 1963 to celebrate it's centenary so it really will be worth a look. Alongside letterpress posters from the late nineteenth century, there will be designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Man Ray.
The exhibition runs until October 2013 so there's plenty of time to see it. But if you can't get over there don't worry, the exhibition sponsors, Siemens are running an online vote for your favourite poster so you can see them all (and vote for them) here
.All images copyright London Transport Museum.
How great are these vintage wrestling posters from the lovely Maraid's Flickr
collection, I'm especially liking the Reg Parks one - with his trying-to-look-terrifying pose!Via Sell! Sell! Images copyright Maraid.
Czwarta Pani Anderson, Andrzej Krajewski, 1973
Ryan over at Sell! Sell!
sent me a great link yesterday to the Galeria Plakatu Kraków
(Kraków Poster Gallery). I've always been a fan of Polish circus posters (CYRK) especially the Hubert Hilscher ones and was asking Ryan if he had seen any on his recent visit to Kraków.
The gallery is apparently very small, but stacked to the rafters with film, theatre, political, music and circus posters from the 50's right up to the late 80's - the golden era of the Polish School of Posters, "the Polish Government financially supported and encouraged poster art. Posters became the primary art form of the nation. The art of Polish posters attained international fame, becoming established as the best in contemporary/vintage poster art".
CYRK (koń), Jan Młodożeniec, 1972
CYRK (kot-tygrys), Hubert Hilscher, 1980
Niewinni Czarodzieje, Wojciech Fangor, 1960
Babie Lato, Jacek Neugebauer, 1974
Luckily for those of us not visiting Poland in the near future, they have an equally fully stocked online shop with very reasonable prices. Above are a selection of my favourites.
All images copyright Galeria Plakatu Kraków.Quote from Contemporary Posters.
It's all about the posters today! This little bunch are my personal favourites from Historic Car Art's
massive selection of original, vintage racing posters.
The bold colours and simple designs do it for me, now if only I had more wall space...Images copyright Historic Car Art.
Remember these beauties we posted
about a while back - 1969 Zodiac posters by Gerry and Joe Simboli?
have Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, Libra and Virgo available in their sale with 50% off! Such great posters, I'm very tempted.
Our friends at Castor + Pollux
have recently updated their web shop with loads of gorgeous prints from the likes of Paul Catherall, Lisa Jones, Paul Thurlby, Jonny Hannah and these beauties from Fiona Howard
They also have some great vintage posters and prints including a selection of double-sided vintage French school posters...
The lovely people at Print Club
are now accepting submissions for Blisters - The Directors Cut
, their 'big end of Summer hand pulled screenprinted poster show'
As usual the 40 pieces selected from 40 artists will be from a range of 'established and emerging illustrators, designers and street artists', in editions of 40 and sold for £40! Anyone can enter and the deadline for entries is Sunday 10 June 2012.
For those interested, here's the brief:
Submit an alternative movie poster in your own style inspired by your favorite film! The catch is, you cannot use the title of the film at all. Use of other text is allowed of course but it should stand alone as an image, scene or typographic piece, it doesn’t have to be an advertisement for the film!Poster size B2 (700x500mm) and to be screenprinted!
More information here